TozFal Kitchen Assistant Demo (2023)
Peter Falconer & Karen Tozzi
In the late 1990s, TozFal began development of a new technology
designed to help kitchen workers in their PK Diner chain solve
immediate menial issues without needing to hassle the shift manager
Working with William Chaloner, a self-claimed expert in Artificial
Intelligence, the company rolled out the hand-held devices to all of
the PK Diners on the Eastern Seaboard and Missouri.
Unfortunately Chaloner was a con artist; an ice cream salesman with
no knowledge of the workings of Artificial Intelligence.
Not only did TozFal lose a significant sum of money they had
given to Chaloner to finance the project, but the devices
themselves proved to be completely useless, incapable of
answering any questions of relevance to the kitchen workers,
except for those relating to soft-serve ice cream.
Within six months, the entire catering division of TozFal was
wound up, and all PK Diners were closed down, including the
one in Missouri.
Chaloner’s whereabouts since then have never been